As much as I love to cook, I also love eating out. And when a meal is truly special, I want to share it so others can try it too. Here are my four favorite restaurant dishes that I enjoyed in March.
BGR The Burger Joint, Danbury, CT
Sometimes, I just really want a burger. But it can’t be just any burger. I am talking a big, juicy burger that’s flavorful and topped with the perfect combination. The Wellington Burger at The Burger Joint totally hits the mark. Topped with caramelized onions, creamy sauteed mushrooms, black truffles and blue cheese crumbles, it’s a drippy, rich, gourmet burger. I liked it so much, that I went back twice more to have it again — and each time is better than the last.
Triple Chocolate Torte
Parker’s Restaurant, Boston, MA
When I was in Boston last month on a work trip, I had reservations at Parker’s one night. It was in the lobby of my hotel and held so much expectation since it’s the birthplace of both Parker House Rolls and Boston Cream Pie. The rolls were every bit as fabulous as I expected. But what really happily surprised me was my dessert. I skipped the Boston Cream Pie (it’s just not a favorite) and instead tried their Triple Chocolate Torte. It was OMG good. A cake-y bottom later is topped with two more layers of chocolate mousse perfection. And the chocolate dipped strawberry on the side? Just perfection.
Abby Lane, Boston, MA
This breakfast pizza is like all my favorite non-sweet breakfast items baked onto a fabulous pie. It’s heaping with smoked salmon, arugula, artichokes (fresh ones!), capers, caramelized onions and more. The flavors and textures are varied, but come together so well in this dish. Amazing. I found this at Boston’s Abby Lane.
Caesar Salad and Fried Oysters
Union Oyster House, Boston, MA
Can I tell you something? Caesar salad is one of my very favorite salads. And fried oysters? When they are on the menu, you can bet I want to try them. So all the dishes at Union Oyster House were favorites for me. But what landed it on this list is the quality and flavor of the food. The salad was absolutely perfect — crisp lettuce, crisp croutons, flavorful dressing. And the oysters were so meaty and perfectly cooked. Drooling. So good.
Psst! Read more about my experiences at Union Oyster House.
Disclosure: On the trip mentioned in this post, I was provided with free meals at Abby Lane and Union Oyster House but wasn’t asked to write about it. All opinions are my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.